Zelensky was not allowed to speak in the US Congress

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy denied Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the opportunity to address Congress.

According to NBC News, McCarthy denied Zelensky’s request, citing his tight work schedule on Capitol Hill. He argued that the Ukrainian leader gave a speech to Congress last December. It was Zelensky’s first trip abroad since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Earlier, the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the Republican Party promised to request a report from the President of Ukraine on the US aid already received and Kiev’s plans for the future. According to the American media, McCarthy does not intend to guarantee Zelenskiy further support.

Zelensky’s second visit to the US since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Zelensky’s visit to the United States comes as Congress considers US President Joe Biden’s request to provide an additional $21 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The United States is Ukraine’s largest donor. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, America has provided $66.2 billion in military, financial and humanitarian aid to Kiev. This is many times more than the amount Washington allocates to support Israel ($8.6 billion in 2022-2023), Egypt ($3.3 billion) and Jordan ($2.9 billion).

The war has been going on for a year and a half. Will the counter-offensive provide a breakthrough?

Although Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been going on for a year and a half, there have been no signals from the Kremlin or Kiev that the conflict will end anytime soon. At the same time, there are increasing media reports about Western pressure behind the scenes on Ukraine to start negotiations with Moscow.

Since June, Ukrainian forces have been carrying out a counter-offensive aimed at reaching the Sea of ​​Azov and cutting the “land bridge” connecting Russia to Crimea, which has been occupied since 2014.

So far, after more than three months of fighting, Ukrainian soldiers only managed to break through the first Russian defense line near the village of Robotyne in Zaporizhia Oblast. The next objective of the Ukrainian forces is to capture Tokmak, the main supply center of the Russian army, and then march towards Melitopol or Berdyansk.

Much depends on the outcome of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, as a failed and bloody attempt to seize territory from the Russian occupiers could weaken optimism among Kiev’s key Western allies.

Source: Do Rzeczy